You've probably already heard of the Black Forest, but have you ever heard about the Swabian Forest in Germany? I'll show you a part of this notable landscape.
My wife decided that it was time for a getaway from the children. So, she looked for a hotel we could afford, which was not too far away from home. We booked two nights in a hotel in the Swabian Forest. We brought our children to grandpa and grandma and went off.
It was hard to find the hotel. The village, Haghof Germany, consists of about 6 farm houses, a hotel and a golf course. To our surprise, there was still snow. We decided to go for a walk the next day. We found a map of the vicinity that suggested a round trip to the historic mills that still exist there. However, the whole walk would have taken the whole day. We decided to shorten it and followed the limes, an ancient border, built by the Romans.
As we departed in the late morning, a goose bid us farewell in front of the hotel entrance. The sun came up and we had a nice start for our cold winter walk.
It was not hard, finding our way. We only had to follow the signs by the millwheel.
The path took us to several mills, which were built for different purposes, like grinding grain or producing vegetable oil.
Close to the mills were information tables which tells about the history of the buildings and their purpose.
To my surprise, one of the mills was still in use for grinding grain. Since the creek which drove the mill was very small, it was a huge millwheel. I think it was the largest I ever saw.
The house was still inhabited, or maybe inhabited again.
From this mill, we took the path to the limes. As we reached Welzheim (Germany), we made a brief visit to the partly rebuilt Roman castle. The Western porch and the foundation of the wall surrounding the castle got rebuilt.
A couple hundred meters away from the castle used to be the limes, the big Roman border in southern Germany. We wanted to follow this ancient landmark back to our hotel. Our path took us into the snowy forest.
We followed the signs, showing us the path along the limes. However, this got complicated and we finally got lost and ended up at a river which we were supposed to cross. There was no bridge. We were not too keen on a swimming in the cold river.
We figured, we needed to go back and search for a way that would take us to the hotel. After a while in the forest, we found the foundation of a Roman watchtower and a path, which took us home to the hotel.